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By BOB GULLA  |  March 19, 2008

With a little luck, Cutler and pals will be closing the night with a celebratory “G-L-O-R-I-A.” Hallelujah!

Mark Cutler & Friends | March 22 | Jake’s Bar & Grille, 373 Richmond Street, Providence | 401.453.5253

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On Friday, March 21, at the Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House, it’s a Rhode Island Songwriters Association lineup with JOHN FUZEK, LISA LAWRENCE, and non-local ROZ RASKIN. Call 401.575.2284. At AS220 on the same night, Paul Caraher has put together an experimentally funky bill with NYC’s CONSIDER THE SOURCE, MUSTACHE, and his own groove-heavy dynamo FUNKATRONIC. Call 401.831.9327. On Saturday (the 22nd), SIX STAR GENERAL, SUICIDE BILL, THE FRENZY OF TONGS, and CHRIS EVIL AND THE TAINTS play the Penalty Box for a can’t-beat-the-price free show. Call 401.331.8545. Also on Saturday, two Francophones will be diving into American musical idioms at the Music Mansion courtesy of the French Alliance of Providence. French boogie-woogie piano master PHILIPPE LEJEUNE (and his quartet) joins acoustic blues and jazz guitarist/singer BERTRAND LAURENCE. It’s $20 at the door but free for kids under 12. To reserve tix, call 401.272.6243. On Sunday, March  23, TONY JONES of Coventry punk rock legends the Goners will be brushing up on his DJing skills at the Dark Lady (myspace.com/sanctuary_ri) for a Horror Punk Birthday Bash. DJ COFFIN JOE also appear and so, we hear, will Chuckles the Clown. The Dark Lady is a weekends-only goth/industrial/dance hang out, but we’re thinking you can get in with punk garb too. The Dark Lady’s at 124 Snow Street in Providence; the show’s 18-plus, doors at 9:30, and cover’s $5. Call 401.831.4297.
 
Ajay Coletta plays his farewell gig with SANTA MAMBA on Saturday at the Newport Blues Cafe. Ajay formed Planet Groove, Santa Mamba’s original incarnation, 12 years ago with Leith MacArthur and John Medeiros. The talented percussionist/drummer and tireless local musician decided to “leave the project to pursue other interests,” according to a press release. It will be hard seeing SM go on without Coletta on drums and even harder, we imagine, for the band to find an equitable replacement. But you can catch him one more time in his last “official” performance. Call 401.841.5510.

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